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Tree of Education
Oei Tiong Ham Building
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Tree of Education with Oei Tiong Ham Building in the background. The sculpture is a work of well-known local sculptor, Chern Lian Shan, of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. It was produced with the assistance of a group of final year students in the Certificate in Sculpture course at the Academy. The sculpture is a "life-size" representation in fibre glass of a "tree of education and knowledge". It is 3 metres high and weighs 100 kg. According to Chern, its theme is the Chinese proverb: Ten years to grow a tree, a hundred years to educate a person. The object of education is human beings. The four human forms in the sculpture represent the four major races in Singapore. The roots of the sculpture indicate that we stand firm, embedding our roots in the ground. The arms form the branches of the tree, rising upwards. The luxuriance of the foliage indicates the development of knowledge in all directions.
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